Picture courtesy of NECN
NECN has a great in depth broadcast on an imbedded reporter with Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts during his first one hundred days in office. Alison King of NECN did a great job on the mini documentary that follows the Governor from his home to the office and to his meetings around the state.
According to Eagan and Braude and Alison King’s guest spot on 96.9FM Talk Radio in Boston she was given full access to the Governor with only one request, the Governor could request to omit anything. For the record, the Governor omitted nothing from the broadcast and that took political guts. This isn’t just a fluff piece with just lovey love to the Governor. They cover all the so called scandals as he learned the ropes of Beacon Hill day by day.
I just love the idea that they titled it “The Education of Deval Patrick: The First 100 Days”. Having watched the piece it truly fits. This guy is genuine and one hundred percent a regular guy and it shows in the broadcast. If you were not a favorite of Deval Patrick before viewing this on NECN then you will be after.
This is what NECN has to say about the
NECN TO PREMIERE THE DOCUMENTARY “THE EDUCATION OF DEVAL PATRICK: THE FIRST 100 DAYS’’ ON MAY 31st at 8 p.m.
AN UP-CLOSE AND EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR AS HE NAVIGATES THROUGH HIS FIRST TUMULTUOUS MONTHS IN OFFICE, PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY NECN POLITICAL REPORTER ALISON KING
NEWTON, MA – MAY 23, 2007 – When he decided to run for governor of Massachusetts in 2005, Deval Patrick was a largely unknown figure hoping his grassroots campaign for change on Beacon Hill would catch fire across the state.
In November 2006 his “Together We Can’’ campaign did, indeed, carry him to victory and he emerged the first African-American governor of the Commonwealth, and the first Democrat to hold the post in 16 years.
“The Education of Deval Patrick: The First 100 Days’’ candidly chronicles Patrick’s first few months in office, from his historic swearing-in ceremony, to controversies involving his car, office drapes, his phone call to help former employer Ameriquest, and staff shakeups, to his wife Diane’s battle with depression, and many staff meetings, press conferences, and bill signings in-between. - NECN
Preview video courtesy of Boston.com
To be honest with you I can see this Governor winning a second term. I can also see him running for the Presidency in eight years and winning it as well. With all the campaign issues that he went through and tried to let the people know who he was he just skimmed the surface. This documentary gives you the real person that is Governor Deval Patrick.
He hangs out at home in jeans and is very comfortable just being himself. His wife is his world and the relationship that they have is something to be jealous of. Just the simple fact that when he makes a mistake he owns up to it instantly. As he has said in the past regarding his own missteps “You didn’t elect a saint as Governor”. He never claimed to be perfect.
One thing that I applaud the Governor for is his own personal refusal to get into a racial debate over his custom built home in the Berkshires. The man was a very successful employee of Coca Cola Corporation and with that success a bountiful salary with the rewards and ability to afford a home of comfort. A home that his wife Diane and he earned and paid for that they will retire to and spend the best times of their lives just being themselves.
During the campaign this was a racial bate question by the main stream media and it was uncalled for. It was never questioned of any of the other candidates with great personal wealth with regard to their so called “Mansions”? You could see in the broadcast that it bothered him that people even had the audacity to ask that question as if he deserved his home. He earned his four walls the hard way by working his ass off for it and he and his family deserve the benefit of that hard work.
Check out the broadcast if you can or contact NECN to get the DVD on it. Mark my words, this man will be President of the United States someday and you read it here first.
Other air dates and times:
Friday, June 1, 7pm
Saturday, June 2, 8pm
Sunday, June 3, 11am
Monday, June 4, 4pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2pm
Wednesday, June 6, 11am
*DVDs available upon request*
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